Want to feel old? Mario Lopez from the 80s sitcom Saved By The Bell turns FIFTY today as he says…

Want to feel old? Mario Lopez from the 80s sitcom Saved By The Bell turns FIFTY today as he says ‘this journey has been quite a ride’

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Mario Lopez turned 50-years-old on Tuesday.

The actor said on Monday, just hours before his big day: ‘This journey’s been quite a ride and we’re riding till the wheels fall off… #HeresTo50 #LopezFam.’

This comes after he told Us Weekly last week that he never wants to stop working.

‘I want to keep grinding. The fact that I was a former child actor who was able to make that transition into working as consistently as I have is what I’m most proud of,’ said the actor turned TV host.

The performer then said that, although he was aware of his age, he still felt as if he could compete with his younger self.

Happy birthday Mario! Mario Lopez turned 50-years-old on Tuesday. The actor said on Monday, just hours before his big day: ‘This journey’s been quite a ride and we’re riding till the wheels fall off… #HeresTo50 #LopezFam’; he is seen in May

Looking forward: This comes after he told Us Weekly last week that he never wants to stop working. ‘I want to keep grinding. The fact that I was a former child actor who was able to make that transition into working as consistently as I have is what I’m most proud of,’ said the actor turned TV host

‘I feel good. It isn’t going to slow me down. It’s one of those birthdays where you’re like, “Whoa, it sounds old,” but it isn’t,’ he stated. 

The former Saved By The Bell star described 50 as ‘an age where you pause and reflect on how you got here and what’s to come in the future.’

Lopez then humorously shared his supposed secret for maintaining his good looks. 

‘I always say that I drink a lot of tequila, and it preserves you. It’s like an embalming fluid. And I’m happy — that keeps you youthful,’ he stated. 

The television personality was later asked about the advice that he would give to his younger self.

He stated: ‘No one has a looking glass to predict the future…when you mess up, you learn and try to become a better individual.’

Lopez went on to discuss the lessons he hoped to impart to his children regarding their professional lives.

‘There are no shortcuts. If you work hard, stay focused and do the right thing, the right thing should happen. And if you have a family that supports you, then God’s on your side, and you can do anything,’ he said.

Good friends: The performer also spoke about remaining in contact with his former costars from Saved By The Bell; the show debuted in 1989

Family man: Lopez, wife Courtney Laine Mazza and children Dominic Lopez and Gia Francesca Lopez attend the premiere of Coco in 2017 in Los Angeles

The performer also spoke about remaining in contact with his former costars from Saved By The Bell.

‘I see them pretty often…It’s nice. It’s like when you run into your old high school friends — you pick up where you left off,’ he said.

The actor concluded by revealing his plans for the future and remarked that he envisioned himself as ‘the Latin Dick Clark.’

‘I want to be on your TV for the next 30 years. I love it, and I don’t see myself slowing down. I want to keep going until I’m 100,’ he said. 

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